County seeks funds for water reservoir

A water reservoir and a truck fill in Erskine has been ranked as a top priority by the County of Stettler which will seek provincial funding for the project estimated at just over $1.4 million.

At its regular meeting Nov. 8, county council approved a staff recommendation to apply for 75-25 percent cost-sharing funding through the Alberta Water/Wastewater Partnership with a deadline of Nov. 30.

“There is considerable demand to provide potable water to residents of the county and to the general public and a need to have a facility that would enhance the water supply for emergency services in Erskine,” said Reeve Wayne Nixon.

The facility would have a capacity of 500 cubic meters and would be designed for easy access for emergency services if needed and would be large enough to offer future communal water services to residents of Erskine.

If approved, 75 per cent of the cost would be $1,078,125 with the county’s share of $359,375.

“The county’s share could be funded from our existing Building Canada Fund Rural Water Strategy Program as the reservoir fits with the scope of this project, or from 2011 operations,” said chief administrative officer Tim Fox.

If council progresses on the application, more-detailed cost will be provided but the county estimates the project components: concrete reservoir for $600,000, process piping/pump controls for $300,000, booster station building for $100,000, site works for $100,000, 2.5 acres of land for $87,500 and miscellaneous studies for $50,000.

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